Oral Effects of Soda Consumption
- Management steps for this patient include:
- Advise the patient to stop drinking diet soda; this will remove the stimulus and halt the possibility of enamel erosion from this source.
- Identify and modify any destructive oral hygiene habits that may contribute to additional exposed dentin (eg, provide education on proper brushing technique and recommend a toothbrush with very soft bristles).
- Recommend a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. Those containing potassium nitrate block the pain pathway. It may take up to 4 weeks of using the toothpaste before the patient finds relief, and then it should be used twice per day thereafter.
- Further management strategies include coverage of exposed dentin via restorations or gingival grafting, or the use of professional products that can be applied to exposed dentin to occlude the dentinal tubules.
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- Canadian Advisory Board on Dentin Hypersensitivity. Consensus-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of dentin hypersensitivity. J Canadian Dent Assoc. 2003;69:222–226.
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